Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post focuses on what it terms “a minor Hanukka miracle,” when the Attorney-General’s Office ordered inclusion of women in this year’s national candlelighting ceremony, and states: “In the views of those who support Jewish pluralism, the evil empire today is represented by a Chief Rabbinate, whose ultra-Orthodox dominance over the national shrine of the Western Wall has turned it from a gateway to the sacred to a place of modern idolatry.” The editor observes that “Today as ever, the holiday commands Jews to rededicate themselves to stand against forces that would destroy Judaism, by keeping alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture, and peoplehood for succeeding generations,” and adds: “A positive step in that direction would be a commitment to separate state and religion, starting with the Western Wall.”
Haaretz marks the passing last Friday of Yossi Sarid, a former Knesset member, cabinet minister, one of the leaders of the Meretz party, and “one of the most outstanding parliamentarians in Israel’s history.” The editor states: “Sarid was a principled and courageous man, determined and humble, yet one who recognized his own worth. He wanted a just society that for its own good must free itself of the burden of ruling another people,” and concludes: “His unique voice, now stilled, will be missed.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses the progress the Shin Bet is making in regard to investigations into Jewish terrorism in general and the case of the Dawabsheh family arson-murder in Duma in particular, and states: “If the case of the murders in Duma has indeed been cracked, it is, first and foremost, because of the change in the government’s attitude towards Jewish terrorism in the West Bank. The Shin Bet has the ability to topple the subversive Jewish organizations in the West Bank, but to do that it needs the ability to handle them like it does parallel Palestinian organizations.” The author avers: “Maybe the solving of this murder will be the watershed moment in the political establishment’s two-faced treatment of Jewish terrorism. And maybe the extreme right-wing lobby will once again pressure ministers and Knesset members in order to prevent the Shin Bet from interrupting Jewish nationalistic and violent groups,” and declares: “So far, the struggle has been going on behind the scenes, mostly between lawyers attempting to extricate their clients from having to admit their guilt. When the gag order is removed, the struggle will become public.”
Israel Hayom criticizes US President Barack Obama’s attack on the Second Amendment in response to the terrorist incident in San Bernardino on Wednesday, and asks: “What is the president thinking? That terrorists abide by the law? That government policy will prevent them from getting their hands on guns?” The author states: “We need to understand that the problem is not just the Islamic State’s presence or the fact that it has established a kingdom; the problem lies with the alternative that it offers and the fact that there is clearly a market for the horror it sells and exports,” and concludes: “We need to understand that as long as the organization is not eradicated, or at least dealt a critical blow, its spirit will continue to live on in the West. Obama must understand that there is a new player in the West, and that player is the Islamic State.”
Globes observes that World War IV – the clash between Western civilization and radical Islam – “is now raging, stronger than ever, from Asia to the Middle East to North, Central and East Africa to Europe, where hordes of young Muslim men are staging what can only be accurately termed an invasion,” and points out that “The reaction of the West can best be described as tepid so far.” The author believes that the advances of radical Islam are due more than any other single factor to the decay at the core of Western civilization, which in turn leads to increasing anti-Israel rhetoric and reality, practically turning Israel into a pariah among Western nations. The author contends that the diplomatic and public relations aspects of Israeli policy and strategy are woefully weak, and declares: “If that problem is not addressed, and immediately, the growing alienation of Israel from its natural allies will continue to widen. Eventually, economic and military strength will be eroded and isolation will increase. The light among the nations will become ever more dim, and then the prognosis for this most recent clash of civilizations will be dire indeed.”
[Alex Fishman, Boaz Bismuth and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]